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Past Agnew Summer Fellows
Isabella Guajardo Dr. Oksana Jackson (Pediatric Plastic Surgery)
To examine the association between socioeconomic status and therapeutic outcome (nasoalveolar molding (NAM) vs conventional therapy consisting of reconstruction through staged surgeries) received by children treated at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Gabriella Tortorello Dr. Rachel Kelz (Endocrine & Oncologic Surgery)
Pulmonary Aspiration in Surgical patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Aims to identifying high-risk patients and opportunities for quality improvement
Sean Johnson Dr. R. Caleb Kovell (Urology)
To establish the rate of ureteral stricture within a high-volume, multi-surgeon, academic practice. The study will also assess pre-operative patient characteristics, intraoperative surgical technique, and post-operative variables for associations with the development of ureteral stricture following urinary diversion surgery.
Sean Johnson Dr. Mark Seamon (Trauma Surgery)
To assess the prevalence and disease characteristics of post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of gunshot wounds who have retained bullet fragments.
Amanda Chin Dr. Nimesh Desai (Cardiac Surgery)
To research the outcomes, cost-effectiveness, and readmissions of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
Emily Moin Dr. Niels Martin (Trauma & Critical Care)
To examin communication practices in the SICU among patients, families, and care providers to better understand goals of care conversations
John Urwin Dr. William Peranteau (Pediatric Surgery)
The aim of this project is to use an adeno-associated virus-9 (AAV9) vector to efficiently and selectively deliver Cas-9 to pulmonary epithelium using early gestational intra-amniotic gene transfer (IAGT). This work has significant potential for treating hereditary pulmonary conditions
Joseph Bang Dr. Peter Abt (Transplant Surgery)
A Clinical Model of End-Stage Renal Disease After Liver Transplant
Sierra Centkowski Dr. Stephen Kovach (Plastic Surgery)
To analyze risk factors and complications associated with flap loss in lower extremity free flap reconstruction.
Alexander Morrison Dr. Paige Porrett (Transplant Surgery)
Impact of Sensitizing Event on Renal Transplant Recipients with Weak Donor-Specific Antibodies
Jesse Passman Dr. Steve Allen (Trauma and Critical Care)
Brief Interventions for ETOH Abuse May Prevent Recurrent Violent Injury
Serena Dasani Dr. Rachel Kelz (Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery)
Resident Involvement in Uncommon Procedures
Neil Patel Dr. Sunil Singhal (Thoracic Surgery)
Smoking Cessation in Perioperative Thoracic Surgery: A Blueprint for Novel Inventive Design
Alexander Warshauer Dr. Neils Martin (Trauma and Critical Care)
Improving End of Life Care based on Cues from Goals of Care Documentation in Surgical ICU Patients with Prolonged Lengths of Stays
Rosaline Zhang Dr. Stephanie Fuller (Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Right Ventricular Remodeling post-Pulmonary Valve Replacements in repaired Tetralogy of Fallot 
Adrienne Smallwood Dr. Carrie Sims (Trauma and Critical Care)
Copeptin as a Biomarker for Arginine Vasopressin in Trauma Patients with Hemorrhagic Shock
Jason Han Dr. Pavan Atluri (Cardiac Surgery)
Exploring the Potential of Using Vascularized Biologic Gels to Deliver Cardiac Regenerative Therapy.
Alexander Fairman Dr. Joseph Woo, Dr. Pavan Atluri (Cardiac Surgery)
Systemic delivery and local activation of an MMP cleavable ESA/NRG conjugate
Gregory Kennedy Dr. Sunil Singal (Thoracic Surgery)
Intraoperative molecular imaging provides rapid and accurate diagnosis of primary pulmonary adenocarcinoma
Jeff Morrison Dr. Douglas Fraker (Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery)
Normohormonal Primary Hyperparathyroidism: Clinical Presentations and Surgical Outcomes
Keny Amoo-Achampong Dr. Jose Pascual (Trauma and Critical Care)
The Effect of Admission Day and Time on Mortality and Complications in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Short Title: SICU Outcomes & Admission Characteristics
Mark Berry Dr. Jose Pascual (Trauma and Critical Care)
Quality of OR to SICU Handoffs at HUP and PPMC
John Riley Dr. William Peranteau (Pediatric Surgery)
Tolerance and Engraftment in In Utero Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Matthew Allen Dr. Peter Abt (Transplant Surgery)
Allen MB, Abt PL, Reese PP. What are the harms of refusing to allow living kidney donation? An expanded view of risks and benefits. Am J Transplant. 2014 Mar;14(3):531-7. PubMed PMID: 24730047.
Christopher Brusalis Dr. Y. Joseph Woo (Cardiac Surgery)
Cohen JE, Purcell BP, MacArthur JW Jr, Mu A, Shudo Y, Patel JB, Brusalis CM, Trubelja A, Fairman AS, Edwards BB, Davis MS, Hung G, Hiesinger W, Atluri P, Margulies KB, Burdick JA, Woo YJ. A bioengineered hydrogel system enables targeted and sustained intramyocardial delivery of neuregulin, activating the cardiomyocyte cell cycle and enhancing ventricular function in a murine model of ischemic cardiomyopathy. Circ Heart Fail. 2014 Jul;7(4):619-26. doi: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.113.001273. Epub 2014 Jun 5. PubMed PMID: 24902740.
Mouhamed Diop Dr. Jose Pascual (Trauma and Critical Care)
Pascual JL, Blank NW, Holena DN, Robertson MP, Diop M, Allen SR, Martin ND, Kohl BA, Sims CA, Schwab CW, Reilly PM. There's no place like home: boarding surgical ICU patients in other ICUs and the effect of distances from the home unit. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Apr;76(4):1096-102. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000000180. PubMed PMID: 24662877.

Diop, Holena, Blank, Robertson, Collins, Allen, Martin, Sims, Pascual. The Next Shoe to Drop: Trauma Patients Readmitted to the Surgical ICY have High Rates of Post-Admission Complications. Society of Critical Care Medicine conference; Jan 9-13 2014; San Francisco, CA.
Russell Lewis

Dr. Charles Vollmer (Gastrointestinal Surgery)
McMillan MT, Christein JD, Callery MP, Behrman SW, Drebin JA, Kent TS, Miller BC, Lewis RS Jr, Vollmer CM Jr. Prophylactic octreotide for pancreatoduodenectomy: more harm than good? HPB (Oxford). 2014 Jul 10. doi: 10.1111/hpb.12314. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25041506.

Lee MK 4th, Lewis RS, Strasberg SM, Hall BL, Allendorf JD, Beane JD, Behrman SW, Callery MP, Christein JD, Drebin JA, Epelboym I, He J, Pitt HA, Winslow E, Wolfgang C, Vollmer CM Jr. Defining the post-operative morbidity index for distal pancreatectomy. HPB (Oxford). 2014 Jun 16. doi: 10.1111/hpb.12293. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24931404.

Miller BC, Christein JD, Behrman SW, Callery MP, Drebin JA, Kent TS, Pratt WB, Lewis RS Jr, Vollmer CM Jr. Assessing the impact of a fistula after a pancreaticoduodenectomy using the Post-operative Morbidity Index. HPB (Oxford). 2013 Oct;15(10):781-8. doi: 10.1111/hpb.12131. Epub 2013 Jul 22. PubMed PMID: 23869603; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3791117.

Lewis R, Drebin JA, Callery MP, Fraker D, Kent TS, Gates J, Vollmer CM Jr. A contemporary analysis of survival for resected pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. HPB (Oxford). 2013 Jan;15(1):49-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-2574.2012.00571.x. Epub 2012 Sep 24. PubMed PMID: 23216779; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3533712.

Lewis RS Jr, Vollmer CM Jr. Risk scores and prognostic models in surgery: pancreas resection as a paradigm. Curr Probl Surg. 2012 Dec;49(12):731-95. doi: 10.1067/j.cpsurg.2012.08.002. Review. PubMed PMID: 23131540.

Mark Mayo Dr. Pascual from Trauma
Catilin Drescher Dr. Sims from Trauma
Michael Sulewski Dr. Abt from Transplant
Sulewski ME, Wolf JH, Hasz R, West S, Goldberg D, Krok KL, Olthoff KM, Shaked A, Levine MH, Abt PL. Combined heart-liver transplantation; implications for liver-alone wait list mortality. Transplantation. 2014 Sep 15;98(5):e45-7

Wolf JH, Sulewski ME, Cassuto JR, Levine MH, Naji A, Olthoff KM, Shaked A, Abt PL. Simultaneous thoracic and abdominal transplantation: can we justify two organs for one recipient? Am J Transplant. 2013 Jul;13(7):1806-16.

Malorie Snider Dr. Levine from Transplant
Paul Shay Dr. Taylor from Plastics
Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts
Shay, P., Goldstein, J., Paliga, J., Wink, J., Jackson, O., Low, D., Bartlett, S., Taylor, J. A Comparative Cost Analysis of Cleft Lip Adhesion and Naso-alveolar Molding Prior to Formal Cleft Lip Repair. Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. Accepted for publication March, 2013.

Sweeney, D., Paliga, J., Reid, R., Shay, P., Goldstein, J., Bartlett, S., Whitaker, L., Taylor, J. The Impact of a Parent Liaison at a Major Craniofacial Center. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. Accepted for publication May, 2013.

Shay, P., Goldstein, J., Wink, J., Paliga, J., LaRossa, D., Low, D., Taylor, J., Jackson, O.: International Adoptees With Cleft: Lessons Learned From A Growing Population. 12th   International Congress on Cleft Lip/Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies, Orlando, FL May 2013.

Shay, P., Goldstein, J., Paliga, J., Wink, J., Jackson, O., Low, D., Bartlett, S., Taylor, J. A Comparative Cost Analysis of Cleft Lip Adhesion and Naso-alveolar Molding Prior to Formal Cleft Lip Repair 12th International Congress on Cleft Lip/Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies, Orlando, FL May 2013.

Bianca Bromberger Dr. Murayama from Gastrointestinal Surgery
Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts
Bromberger B, Porrett P, Choudhury R, Dumon K, Murayama KM. Weight Loss Interventions for Morbidly Obese Patients with Compensated Cirrhosis: A Markov Decision Analysis Model. J Gastrointest Surg. 2013  Aug 6.

Bromberger B, Porrett P, Choudhury R, Dumon K, Murayama KM. Weight-Loss Interventions for Morbidly Obese Patients With Compensated Cirrhosis: a Markov Decision Analysis Model. Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Orlando, Florida, 2013.

Gabriel Heiderich Dr. Cantu from Cardiovascular
Mark Etherington Dr. Wang from Vascular
Neha Bansal Dr. Kelz from Endocrine/Oncology
Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts
Bansal N, Sonnenberg EM, Meise CK, Reinke CE, Karakousis GC, Bartlett EK, Mahmoud NN, Roses RE, Kelz RR. The effect of colorectal cancer screening mandates on access to care and clinical outcomes: a retrospective study of patients undergoing operations of the colon and rectum. Surgery. 2013 Aug;154(2):335-44. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2013.04.037.

Bartlett EK, Meise C, Bansal N, Fischer JP, Low DW, Czerniecki BJ,Roses RE, Fraker DL, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC. Sartorius transpositionduring inguinal lymphadenectomy for melanoma. J Surg Res. 2013 Sep;184(1):209-15. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2013.04.033. Epub 2013 May 8.

Bansal N, Sonnenberg EM, Meise CK, Reinke CE, Karakousis GC, Bartlett EK, Mahmoud NN, Roses RE, Kelz RR. The effect of colorectal cancer (CRC) control programs on access to care for colorectal surgery patients. 8th Annual Academic Surgical Congress; 2013 Feb 5-7; New Orleans, Louisiana

Additional Funding/Awards
Health Services and Policy Research Summer Fellowship offered through joint collaboration by the Penn Masters of Science in Health Policy Research, the Leonard Davis Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Schools Program, and the Penn Division of Internal Medicine.

Liting Chen Drs. Dumon and Williams from GI surgery
Peer Reviewed Manuscript
McMahan W, Gomez ED, Chen L, Bark K, Nappo JC, Koch EI, Lee DI, Dumon K, Williams N, and Kuchenbecker KJ. A practical system for recording instrument interactions during live robotic surgery. Journal of Robotic Surgery, 7(4):351–358, December 2013.
Rashikh Choudhury Drs. Kenric Murayama and Kristoffel Dumon - Gastrointestinal Surgery
Choudhury RA, Murayama KM, Abt PL, Glick HA, Naji A, Williams NN, Dumon KR. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass compared with aggressive diet and exercise therapy for morbidly obese patients awaiting renal transplant: a decision analysis. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014 Jan-Feb;10(1):79-87

Bromberger B, Porrett P, Choudhury R, Dumon K, Murayama KM. Weight loss interventions for morbidly obese patients with compensated cirrhosis: a Markov decision analysis model. J Gastrointest Surg. 2014 Feb;18(2):321-7

Anthoney Guzman Dr. Peter Abt - Transplant
Ben Laguna Dr. Sunil Singhal - Thoracic
Alex Skokan Dr. Carrie Simes - Trauma
Elizabeth Sonnenberg Dr. Rachel Kelz - Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery
Penny Fang Dr. Jose Pascual - Trauma
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
Fang, P, Sarani, B, Sims, C, Schwab, W, Pascual, J. THE STEADILY INCREASING INCIDENCE AND LETHALITY OF PENETRATING BRAIN INJURY: A SINGLE GCS POINT DROP INCREASES MORTALITY. Paper presented at 2011 69th Annual American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Meeting, Chicago, IL.

P. Fang, D. N. Holena , D. Weibe , P. Kim , C. Sims , B. Sarani , W. Schwab , J. L. Pascual, Organ donation rates remain stagnant despite a steadily rising incidence and lethality of penetrating brain injury. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2012.

Sean Massa Dr. Patrick Kim - Trauma
Jon Quatromoni Dr. Grace Wang - Vascular
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
Ullery BW, Quatromoni J, Jackson BM, Woo EY, Fairman RM, Desai ND, Bavaria JE, Wang GJ. Impact of Intercostal Artery Occlusion on Spinal Cord Ischemia Following Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair. Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2011 May 16.
Jason Wink Dr. Scott Bartlett - Plastics - CHOP
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
Steinbacher DM, Wink J, Bartlett SP. Temporal Hollowing Following Surgical Correction of Unicoronal Synostosis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Mar 10.
Philip Rosen Dr. Jose Pascual - Trauma
J. Pascual, P. Rosen, A. Horan, B. Sarani, C. Sims, and C. Schwab. HYPERTONIC FLUIDS IN SICU SHOCK PATIENTS REDUCES FLUID AND OXYGEN REQUIREMENTS. International Shock Society Conference, 2010.
Elizabeth Mollo Dr. Brian Czerniecki - Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery
Daniel Hashimoto Dr. Noel Williams - Gastrointestinal Surgery
Hashimoto, D; Selvan, B; McCombs, P; Dumon, K; Palmieri, J; Luba, J; Resnick, A; Williams, N. Simulating open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: high fidelity team training and evaluation for residents. In: 12th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery; 2010 Apr 14-17; National Harbor, MD.
Additional Funding/Awards
American Vascular Association
Katherine Arthur Dr. Carrie Sims - Trauma
  • “Screening for intimate partner violence in an urban trauma bay: Use of a self-disclosure survey”, Resident Paper Competition at the Pennsylvania Committee on Trauma, Harrisburg, PA, on October 22, 2009.
  • “Panhypopituitarism Masquerading as Cardiac Failure Following Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Case Report", Challenges in Critical Care Conference, Hershey, PA, on August 28, 2009.
  • "Panhypopituitarism Presenting as Cardiac Failure Following Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Case Report and Review of the Literature" (currently in revisions for publication)
  • “Screening for intimate partner violencen an urban trauma bay: Use of a self-disclosure survey", selected for oral presentation for the 138th APHA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO on November 16, 2010 (presented by Carrie Sims)
  Additional Funding/Awards
Celso-Ramón Garcia Award for Outstanding Women’s Health Research
Danielle Brown Dr. Joseph Bavaria - Cardiac
Rachel Hadler Dr. Rachel Kelz - Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
Holena DN, Hadler R, Wirtalla C, Carr B, Morris JB, Kelz RR. Teaching status: the impact on emergency and elective surgical care in the US. Ann Surg. 2011 May;253(5):1017-23.

Reinke, C.E., Hadler, R.A., Karakousis, G.C., Fraker, D.L., Kelz, R.R Does the presence of thyroid cancer increase the risk of venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing thyroidectomy? 2011 Surgery 150 (6), pp. 1275-1285.

Hadler R, Wirtalla C, Carr B, Morris JB, Kelz RR. “Teaching status: impact on surgical care in the us.” American College of Surgeons 95th Clinical Congress, Chicago, IL 2009

Michael Kelly-Sell Dr. Richard Kirschner - Plastic
Nicole Langelier Dr. Ronald Fairman - Vascular
Zack McCormick

Dr. Carrie Sims - Trauma
Z. McCormick
, Y. Guan, K. Revere, L. Becker, C. Sims; “Hemorrhagic Shock Does Not Induce Early Metochondrial-Mediated Apoptosis in Liver.” Journal of Surgical Research, Vol. 151, No. 2, 300-300, Feb 2009.

Zack McCormick
, Yuxia Guan, Karen Revere, Lance Becker, MD, Carrie Sims, MD. “Hemorrhagic Shock does not Induce Early Mitochondrial-Mediated Apoptosis in Liver.”

  • 4th Academic Surgical Congress, Sanibel Harbour, Fort Myers, FL, Feb. 6, 2009.
  • Pennsylvania Committee on Trauma Conference, Harrisburg, PA, Oct. 23, 2008.
  • Agnew Surgical Society Research Conference, Philadelphia, Sept. 12, 2008.
  • Summer Research Conference, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Division of Trauma, Philadelphia, PA, Aug. 1, 2008.
Dave Hindin Dr. Rachel Kelz - Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery
Kelz R., Hindin D., Diaz E., Wirtalla C., Paulson E., Shea J., Williams N., Ross H., Morris J. (2008, April). Return to the Round Theater: Surgical education via live video broadcast (Pilot Study). Poster presented at: Meeting of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery and New York Surgical Society; Philadelphia, PA.
Elliott Kozin Dr. Joe Woo - Cardiac
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
  • Fitzpatrick JR 3rd, Frederick JR, Hsu VM, Kozin ED, O'Hara ML, Howell E, Dougherty D, McCormick RC, Laporte CA, Cohen JE, Southerland KW, Howard JL, Jessup ML, Morris RJ, Acker MA, Woo YJ. Risk score derived from pre-operative data analysis predicts the need for biventricular mechanical circulatory support. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2008 Dec;27(12):1286-92.
  • Atluri P, Kozin ED, Hiesinger W, Woo YJ. Off-pump, minimally invasive and robotic coronary revascularization yield improved outcomes over traditional on-pump CABG. Int J Med Robot. 2009 Mar;5(1):1-12.
  • Fitzpatrick JR 3rd, Frederick JR, Hiesinger W, Hsu VM, McCormick RC, Kozin ED, Laporte CM, O'Hara ML, Howell E, Dougherty D, Cohen JE, Southerland KW, Howard JL, Paulson EC, Acker MA, Morris RJ, Woo YJ. Early planned institution of biventricular mechanical circulatory support results in improved outcomes compared with delayed conversion of a left ventricular assist device to a biventricular assist device. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009 Apr;137(4):971-7.
  • Woo YJ, Kozin ED. Repair of type A aortic dissection in nonagenarian. Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2010 Feb;18(2):183-4.
Jarrod Predina Dr. Joseph Shrager - Thoracic
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
Predina, JD; Puc, MM; Bergey, MR.; Sonnad, SS; Kucharczuk, JC; Staddon, A; Kaiser, LR; Shrager, JB. Improved Survival after Pulmonary Metastasectomy for Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Journal of Thoracic Oncology: May 2011 - Volume 6 - Issue 5 - pp 913-919
Additional Funding/Awards
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Karen Revere Dr. Carrie Simes - Trauma
John Waters Dr. Ali Naji - Transplant


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